Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

EU based cinematographer & director at www.feitsmavisuals.com
Director, Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Screenwriter and Filmmaker

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Member Since:
October 2011
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About Jaap

Jaap (1984) is an award winning visual storyteller. He uses film, Virtual Reality (VR) and photography as his go-to tools. He has been working internationally as a freelance documentary photographer and camera operator since 2007 and a cinematographer since 2010. In recent years, he has been directing as well. His work has taken him to over sixty countries.

Jaap is experienced in shooting documentaries, music videos, commercials, web based interactive content and narrative fiction for clients that include the BBC, Nike, BMW and numerous NGO's.

He’s constantly searching for projects that move him. Stories that have a powerful visual identity in combination with enthralling human elements, often set in the more challenging environments our planet has to offer.

• Born March 11th, 1984
• Based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
• Lived in the UK, Turkey, Portugal, Namibia and Canada
• Member of the Directors Guild of the Netherlands (DDG)
• Board member of the NGO Spoonk Loves Namibia
• Available internationally

- German Design Award - 2016
- National Geographic Society - 1st place in the Best of the World category - 2015

Unique traits: Hands-on approach, Tech savvy, Work ethic, Collaborative, Storyteller, Sharing knowledge, Preparation is key, Loyalty, Problem solver, Pacient, Determinant, Conscientious, adventurous, clear-headed, creative, leader, cultured, dedicated, optimistic, calm, (pro-) active and good-natured - Always happy on set, while maintaining professional.




  • Get in

    Get in Budget: $0 - $100K | Mystery Horror Rescuing a mysterious hitchhiker, injured on a desolated road, Richard stumbles upon the supernatural, when confronted by the true nature of his enigmatic passenger.

  • Ophelia (working title)

    Ophelia (working title) Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery Horror A struggling painter rents her new working studio in a five-hundred year old former prison where unexplainable things start to occur.


  • Allemaal Vogels

    Allemaal Vogels (2019)
    Film by Fabuch Social Cinema / Fabian Jansen Cinematographer

  • New Generation

    New Generation (2018)
    Film by Non Rewind/Bart Dokter Director of Photography

  • Drekst

    Drekst (2018)
    Film (Comedy and Crime) Director of Photography The town of Liwadden sets the stage for an escalating conflict over a winning lottery ticket.

  • Lyme Is Hell

    Lyme Is Hell (2015)
    Video (Drama and Short) Director This commercial shows what life can be like for a patient suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease, in thirty seconds.

  • The Right One

    The Right One (2015)
    Video by Alex Karakhanian (Romance and Short) Director of Photography Add a Plot »

  • The MINI Story

    The MINI Story (2015)
    Internet by Jaap Ruurd Feitsma Director, VR DoP Worked as traditional camera operator and 360°/Virtual Reality (VR) DoP for this project. The VR part was shot in the BMW Welt Museum in Munchen, Germany. Check out the 360° experience we made at The MINI Story, which won the German Design Award 2016! Agency/producer: yellowBird Client: BMW Mini Roles: Director, VR DoP

  • Ronnie Flex - Pocahontas (music video)

    Ronnie Flex - Pocahontas (music video) (2014)
    Music by Habbekrats / yellowBird (Music) Camera Operator Camera operating on RED Epic for this music video of Dutch rapper Ronnie Flex as well as DP for the VR shot that was shot with the LadyBug 3 camera. I was responsible for the interactive 360° shot. Unfortunately the Virtual Reality shot is not seen in the original TV / online version of the music video. It was created for the downloadable App and Virtual Reality version only. Nice little fact: this was the first interactive music video in the Netherlands. Client: Hi Society Production Company: yellowBird/Habbekrats Agency: TopNotch

  • Friesland Campina (Dutch Lady)

    Friesland Campina (Dutch Lady) (2014)
    Commercial by Boondoggle/yellowBird VR DoP

  • Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts (360/VR films)

    Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts (360/VR films) (2012 - 2014)
    Commercial by yellowBird, Jaap Ruurd Feitsma (Short) Director & Director of Photography VR DP lead and director for dozens of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts interactive films around the world. Locations include, but are not limited to Toronto, Vancouver, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Istanbul, the Maldives, Shanghai, Wenzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu. Added project URL is the hotel video we shot in Istanbul. Client: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Production company: yellowBird

  • Subaru commercials

    Subaru commercials (2013)
    Commercial by Flashpoint Films Camera Operator Various internationally shot VR and TVC projects for Japanese car brand Subaru.

  • Red Bull Harbour Reach

    Red Bull Harbour Reach (2013)
    Internet by yellowBird Camera Operator / Editor VR Livestream project with wake-boarders in Liverpool, UK.

  • Top Gear

    Top Gear (2013)
    Television (Comedy and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is a relaunched version of the original 1977 show of the same name, airing since 2002, and becoming the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. Written by paul keeling

  • Boer zoekt Vrouw (farmer wants a wife)

    Boer zoekt Vrouw (farmer wants a wife) (2012)
    Television by KRO (Reality-TV) Camera operator TV and Online (second screen) episodes

  • Dreams of Change

    Dreams of Change (2010)
    Documentary by Gemeente Smallingerland (Documentary) Writer / producer / director / director of photography / editor Short documentary shot in Namibia, Africa. Graduation project at the NHL University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

  • Letting Go

    Letting Go (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Director A romantic meeting of a couple in love can suddenly change in something very different.


  • German Design Award (The MINI Story)

  • NatGeo Best Shot 2015 (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque photograph)


  • NHL Stenden

  • NHL University of Applied Sciences

  • Anadolu University (Turkey)

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